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Sharing Made Simple: 10 Sept 2008

A Workshop for CyMAL (Museums Libraries and Archives Wales)


Brian Kelly was the main facilitator and speaker at a workshop which was commissioned by MLA Wales (CyMAL).

The title of the workshop is Sharing Made Simple: an Introduction to the Social Web. The workshop was held at the University of Wales, Newport on Wednesday 10th September 2008.


Web 2.0 and the Social Web are terms which are now being used widely. But what do these terms mean? And what, if anything, can Web 2.0 and the Social Web offer to museums, libraries and archives - especially small organisations with limited budgets and technical expertise?

This workshop, which is being organised by UKOLN, a national centre of expertise in digital information management on behalf of CyMAL, will attempt to answer these questions. As well as demystifying the terms and the technologies, the workshop will also address the challenges which institutions may face in seeking to make use of Web 2.0 to support the needs of their users.


A networked PC will be required for the speakers.

A total of 19 PCs are available for the participants to use in the hands-on session.


A wiki was set up for use by the workshop participants. Note that a local copy of significant information created on the wiki is available.


The timetable is given below.

Time Session Comments
10.00-10.30 Registration and coffee  
10.30-10.40 Introduction Brian Kelly
10.40-11.30 An Introduction to Web 2.0 and the Social Web Talk - Brian Kelly
Slides: [MS PowerPoint format] - [HTML format]
11.30-12.00 Case Study 1: Using Web 2.0 to Support Teaching and Learning in Further Education Speaker Andrew Eynon
12.00-12.30 Case Study 2: Dipping Our Toes: Web 2.0 Developments at the National Library of Wales Speaker Paul Bevan
12.30-13.30 Lunch  
13.30-14.00 Hands on Session: Making use of Web 2.0 and Social Web services
Hands-on session
14.00-14.30 Group Discussion 1: Exploring Options
Slides: [MS PowerPoint format] - [HTML format]
Discussion group on the potential benefits of Web 2.0 and the Social Web
14.30-15.00 Group Discussion 2: Addressing Barriers Discussion group on the barriers to the beployment and effective use of Web 2.0 and the Social Web
15.00-15.20 TEA  
15.20-15.45 Report Back and Suggestions All
Slides: [MS PowerPoint format] - [HTML format]
15.45-16.00 Conclusions  



An Introduction to Web 2.0
[HTML format] - [MS PowerPoint 97/2000 format]
Web 2.0 and the Social Web: Addressing The Challenges
[HTML format] - [MS PowerPoint 97/2000 format]



A number of handouts will be provided.

Cultural Heritage Briefing Documents

An Introduction to Web 2.0 (briefing no 1)
Briefing Document: [About] - [HTML] - [MS Word]
An Introduction to Blogs (briefing no 2)
Briefing Document: [About] - [HTML] - [MS Word]
An Introduction to Social Networks (briefing no 13
Briefing Document: [About] - [HTML] - [MS Word]
Addressing Barriers to Blogging (briefing no 12
Briefing Document: [About] - [HTML] - [MS Word]

Hands-on Exercises

Using Gabbly
Hands-on exercise no. 1: [MS Word]
Using Wikipedia To Read About Cultural Heritage Resources
Hands-on exercise no. 2: [MS Word]
Using Wetpaint: An Externally Hosted Wiki Service
Hands-on exercise no. 3: [MS Word]
Use Of Social Bookmarking And Social Sharing Services
Hands-on exercise no. 4: [MS Word]
Staff Development To Support Use Of Web 2.0 Technologies
Hands-on exercise no. 5: [MS Word]
Using YouTube
Hands-on exercise no. 6: [MS Word]
Participating In A Social Networking Service
Hands-on exercise no. 7: [MS Word]
Using The Facebook Social Networking Service
Hands-on exercise no. 8: [MS Word]
Using Netvibes To Read And Manage RSS feeds
Hands-on exercise no. 9: [MS Word]

Other Documents

Action Plans
Handout: [MS Word]

Workshop Feedback

A summary of the workshop feedback is available.